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Federal Flood Control Areas

The Department of Resources and Economic Development has a forestry and wildlife management license on three US Army Corps of Engineer's flood control areas in New Hampshire: Blackwater, Franklin Falls and Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Areas. The three are listed with licensed acreage and date of license as follows:

Flood Control Areas

Acres

Term

     
Hopkinton-Everett

5,384

1964-2014

Blackwater

3,197

1954-2014

Franklin Falls

2,763

1960-2014

Total

11,344

 

The license is granted for fish and wildlife, forest management, and other natural resource purposes. The license totals more than 120 years of cumulative department forest management history.

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Blackwater
Franklin Falls
Hopkinton
Everett

The Division of Forests and Lands is charged with departmental responsibility for coordinating it's forest management program with other compatible uses of the three properties. All forest management activities are carried out under the supervision of Division foresters consistent with the management of other State-owned forestlands under department jurisdiction. Timber stand and wildlife habitat improvements, boundary line maintenance, forest inventory and mapping, and commercial timber harvests and other activities are carried out under a detailed forest management plan for each area.

All three areas are open for public use and benefit subject to applicable rules and regulations. Public recreation is supported by maintained roads, trails and river access points.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, under agreement with the Division of Forests and Lands, stocks fish and upland game birds, assists with the maintenance and improvement of wildlife habitat, administers a fur-bearer trapping program, supplies and maintains waterfowl nesting boxes, and enforces all fish and game laws.

Each flood control area is self-supporting as all forest management activities are financed by income from timber harvests. There are no state general funds or any other funds used for forest management activities. Each of the three areas is considered a multiple use resource contributing to the overall timber, recreation and other needs of our state.